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Beauty spots in Portsmouth and Hampshire 'incredibly vulnerable' fear campaigners

AREAS of natural beauty that are also of scientific interest are in disrepair across the region

More than half the sites in Langstone Harbour are in an unfavourable condition. Picture: Jacki Beech.

Published in The News on the 20th January 2020
Story by David George

 

Data compiled by the JPIMedia Data Unit shows that more than half of the sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) are in an unfavourable condition, with a total of 1,045 sites in an unsatisfactory state.

An SSSI is an area considered to best represent the local ecosystem, taking into consideration the plants, animals and geology of the site.

While some of these sites are recovering, such as Browndown in Gosport, others are seeing no improvement at all – including Portsmouth Harbour and parts of the water near Lee-on-the-Solent.

Hampshire also has a higher percentage of unfavourable sites (57 per cent) than the national average of 49.5 per cent.

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General Election 2019 manifestos: final scores

Published on the Friends of the Earth website on the 7th December 2019
Story by Dave Timms

The final scores are in! Friends of the Earth have combed through the party manifestos (and any additional pledges they’ve made during the campaign) to see how they score on tackling the climate and ecological emergency. These are the results…

 

The 2019 General Election has taken place under the shadow of the climate and nature emergencies. In recent months flooding and wildfires have blighted lives and devastated communities both here and abroad, and over the past year there has been an unprecedented level of concern from the public, led by the voices of the young.

Earlier in 2019 UK Parliament declared a climate emergency, but despite adopting a new target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions, action to cut emissions has stalled and our transport emissions are rising. The announcement of a General Election gave political parties the chance to rise to the challenge and set out the policies needed to address this emergency.

So how do the party manifestos score?

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Sending one less 'unnecessary' email a day could save 16,000 tonnes of carbon a year, study finds

The study showed that 72 per cent of the UK are unaware of the carbon footprint attached to their inbox. CREDIT: ANDREW BROOKES /CULTURA RF

Published on The Telegraph website on the 26th November 2019
Story by Mason Boycott-Owen

 

Sending just one less unnecessary email per day could reduce the UK’s carbon footprint by 16,000 tonnes per year, according to research.

The study, conducted in part by Professor Mike Berners-Lee, claims that the UK sends over 64 million unnecessary emails every day which sheds new light on how our everyday lives can impact the climate.

The research released today found that UK adults send around 11 unnecessary emails each day, with simple one or two word replies such as ‘thanks’ or ‘you too’ driving part of the UK’s carbon output.

The energy required from email servers, networks and systems such as the cloud in one year are claimed to create carbon footprint which is the same as 81,152 flights to Madrid.

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